There has been a significant drop in the number of drivers pulled over for using mobile phones in Surrey according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by Get Surrey shows that the numbers have dropped from 3,842 to 2,509 between 2010 and 2013 indicating that many drivers are no longer answering calls or texting while driving in the county. The statistics show a gradual decrease in the number of fixed penalty notices for drivers using mobile phones in the county, but there are still some drivers who are putting their own safety at risk as well as that of other road users. The numbers show that 3,842 drivers were pulled over for making a call or texting while driving in 2010. The numbers increased to 3,928 in 2011 but decreased to 2,509 in 2013.
Although the figures are gradually declining, there were still 1,352 fines issued in the first six months of this year for mobile phone use at the wheel. Reaction times are 50% slower for drivers using mobile phones at the wheel according to research therefore the risk of an accident occurring increases. The Surrey Police and Surrey County Council are working to educate drivers on this safety issue but are also using enforcement procedures to discourage mobile phone use while driving.
Risks of using handheld devices at the wheel
Mobile phone use while driving is a very modern distraction and can put other road users at risk. As research has shown reaction times are slower, drivers using mobile phones may find it more difficult to slow down or stop suddenly should they need to. This could cause a crash or it could result in a pedestrian being hurt by a vehicle that was unable to stop. Advice given by Surrey’s SMART campaign suggests drivers should turn off mobile phones and refrain from taking calls unless pulled over in a safe place. If you have been the victim of a road accident that was the fault of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
Compensation claims for road accidents
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident and there is evidence someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and inconvenience. The compensation you win may cover the injuries you have sustained, any loss of wages and any significant costs to you as a result of the accident. Our team of solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline can represent you and you won’t have to worry about paying upfront for our assistance as we operate under a strict no win, no fee policy. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
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